Monday, January 6, 2014
ORNL in the News

Steve ZinkleZinkle Named American Physical Society Fellow

(Tennessee Today) Steven Zinkle, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Nuclear Materials, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. Zinkle was named for his significant contributions to the fundamental understanding of radiation effects in metallic and ceramic materials...1/3

ORNL’s Jeff Smith: ‘I feel really good’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) When word came down via U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann that the U.S. Department of Energy planned to negotiate a new five-year contract with UT-Battelle, the manager of Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2000, I asked Deputy Lab Director Jeff Smith for his reaction...1/5




The impact of the Y-12/Pantex stalemate on UPF

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Even before the combined Y-12/Pantex contract was awarded, John Eschenberg, the federal project director for the Uranium Processing Facility, said the transition of the contractors would be one of the biggest challenges facing the multibillion-dollar UPF...1/5

AtomDOE Mentions Technology Behind The Home Nuclear Reactor In Funding Opportunity

(Forbes) The Department of Energy included low energy nuclear reactions—which NASA scientists have said could fuel home nuclear reactors—among other representative technologies in a $10 million funding opportunity it announced last fall...1/4

Report: DOE awards $24M to USEC

(Portsmouth Daily Times) Two days after USEC Inc. operators of the American Centrifuge Project at Piketon, announced, as a part of their restructuring program, that they would file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the U.S. Department of Energy gave the company $24 million...1/4




U.S. hunkers down amid coldest weather in years

(The Washington Post) MINNEAPOLIS — This hardy city, more or less unfazed by Sunday's sub-zero temperatures, is taking no chances with the kind of weather forecast for Monday, when the low is predicted to be minus-24 and the wind chill could drop to minus-50...1/6

State & Regional

Tennessee's population growth trails national average

(WBIR) Tennessee's population growth dipped in 2013 and trailed the rate in the nation and the otherwise fast-growing South, according to new census estimates released Monday...1/1

2 Tennessee soldiers make first cut for Mars mission

(KSDK) Out of a pool of 200,000 worldwide applicants from 140 countries, 1,058 were selected to go forward with interviews and medical screenings for a possible privately funded manned Mars mission. Fort Campbell is home to two of them...1/5

energy & science policy

2013 was a good year for climate science, but a mixed bag for climate policy

(The Guardian) As 2013 comes to a close, a review of the key climate events of the year reveals some interesting new research and effective myth debunking, but little net progress in terms of addressing the problem through policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions...12/31

science & technology

Falcon 9Private American rockets blast open 2014 & commercial space race with big bangs on Jan. 6 & 7

(PhysOrg) The status quo in space flight operations is no more. Private American rockets are leading the charge of overdue change into the innovative 'Commercial Space Race' by blasting 2014 open with a pair of 'Big Bang fireworks' just a day apart on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7...1/3

Supercomputers Join Search for 'Cheapium': Brute Force Computing Used to Find New Materials

(Science Daily) In the search for cheaper materials that mimic their purer, more expensive counterparts, researchers are abandoning hunches and intuition for theoretical models and pure computing power...1/3

2013 Saw Environmental Protests, Regulatory Conflicts of Interest and Lingering Mysteries

(Scientific American) It was a year when people were fed up. With pipelines in Canada. Fracking in the UK. Coal trains along the Columbia River. A crematorium and an oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. A waste recycling plant in Ohio. Fluoride in Portland, Ore...1/2

Other Stories

Digital LibraryUS library offers glimpse of bookless future

(PhysOrg) The future of the public library looks a lot like an Apple Store. Rows of glossy iMacs and iPads beckon. Hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card. This $2.3 million library in Texas has no actual books. That makes BibiloTech the nation's only bookless public library...1/3

Out there

DogDogs Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field

(National Geographic) Dogs are well known for their excellent sense of smell and their keen sense of hearing. The team, led by zoologist Hynek Burda of Germany’s University of Duisburg-Essen, reports in the journal Frontiers in Zoology that our furry friends prefer to relieve themselves or do their territorial marking while facing north or south. That implies they are sensing the Earth’s magnetic field...1/3